Non-toxic Swaps to Make in Your Kitchen

We interact with toxins everyday, sometimes in not so obvious places, like our own homes. Toxins, such as the chemicals in plastic, can have disruptive effects on our endocrine system.

To reduce toxins, you can make cleaner choices with the products that you use everyday. This can be anything from the tupperware you have in your kitchen to the bar of soap in your bathroom. If you are just starting to make cleaner product swaps, it can be really overwhelming to determine where to start. I personally like to start with the products that I use the most and replace them with cleaner alternatives. For everything else, I just replace the product with a cleaner alternative as the product runs out and needs to be replaced anyway. I find that this approach makes the process less overwhelming and more budget-friendly.

If you missed it, check out my previous post on 6 Ways to Start Your Journey Towards Non-toxic Living. In today’s post, I compiled a list of some easy, non-toxic swaps that you can specifically make in your kitchen.

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Measuring Cups

Measuring cups are commonly made of plastic. Instead, opt for stainless steel, ceramic, or glass measuring cups1.

Drinking glasses, plates, and bowls

Ditch the plastic drinking glasses, plates, and bowls and instead, opt for glass or ceramic ones2. Mason jars can be used for drinking glasses and also double as food storage containers. You could also re-purpose an empty glass nut butter jar and use it for food storage. All you need to do is just soak the glass jar in water to remove the label, clean it out, and you have a new food storage container.

Baking Dishes

Similar to pots and pans, chemicals in the coating of nonstick baking sheets can leach into food when heated at high temperatures. Instead of nonstick baking sheets and dishes, try a glass baking dish2.

Food Storage Bags

Disposable, plastic ziplock bags are a common kitchen staple. Switch to a reusable option instead. Not only is this a more sustainable and less wasteful option, but also non-toxic2. I like the brand Stasher bag. These reusable food storage bags can be placed in the freezer and are also dishwasher safe. You can find these at Whole Foods, Target, or on Amazon.

Spatulas

Spatulas are commonly made of plastic. Try switching to bamboo cooking utensils instead. Stainless steel is technically non-toxic, however, it can scratch the surface of pots and pans and expose your food to toxins. Because of this, bamboo cooking utensils are a great option. Bamboo cooking utensils are hand wash only and cannot go in the dishwasher.

References:

  1. https://www.ewg.org/news-insights/news/5-ways-protect-your-hormones-toxic-chemicals
  2. https://www.ewg.org/news-insights/news/healthy-home-tips-your-holiday-kitchen

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